Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada

June 11, 2009 11:45 ET

Super Kid Born to SuperWalk

7 year old inspires Canadians to raise $2.4 million for Parkinson Society Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 11, 2009) -

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Some people walk for a loved one. Others walk for a cure. And some were simply born to SuperWalk. Seven year old Michaelea Silver is one of those people. Michaelea has taken part in SuperWalk for Parkinson's since she was in utero. This year, she will once again join the over 12,000 SuperWalkers coast to coast in the hopes of getting one step closer to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease.

Although she is young, Parkinson's disease has already had a major impact on Michaelea's life. Her grandmother struggled with the disease for nearly 20 years before she passed away in January 2009. Sadly, Michaelea does not remember a time when her grandmother was not confined to a wheel chair or hospital bed. At the age of seven, she is already committed to walking so that future generations living with Parkinson's will have the support they need until we find a cure.

SuperWalk 2009 hopes to raise $2.4 million to fund research, education, support and advocacy for over 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson's. SuperWalk is Parkinson Society Canada's largest fundraising event and will take place in more than 80 communities across the country on September 12th and 13th.

"My nanny had Parkinson's. I loved her. She is gone now, but I am still here. Please join me or sponsor a walker in SuperWalk for Parkinson's this September and bring us another step closer to finding a cure," says Michaelea.

"With a personal fundraising goal of $4,000, Michaelea is an inspiration to us all proving that no matter how young or old you are, you can still make a difference in the lives of people with Parkinson's," says Paul McNair, National Associate Director of Events, Parkinson Society Canada.

To register, find out more or sponsor Michaelea visit www.superwalk.com or call 1-800-565-3000.

Parkinson's is a slow, progressive, neurological disorder that makes the simplest task, like walking or eating, overwhelmingly difficult for someone who has the disease. When cells in the brain that normally produce a chemical called "dopamine" die, symptoms of Parkinson's appear. The most common symptoms are: tremors or shaking, slowness in movements, muscle stiffness and problems with balance. Other symptoms may also occur for some people, such as fatigue, difficulties with speech and writing, sleep disorders, depression and cognitive changes.

For over 40 years, Parkinson Society Canada (PSC) has been the national voice of people living with Parkinson's disease. PSC has 230 chapters and support groups.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Parkinson Society Canada
    John Provenzano, Manager, Communications and Marketing
    416-227-3399 or 1-800-565-3000 ext. 3399
    john.provenzano@parkinson.ca